MELROSE moved five points clear at the top of Division C thanks to a four goal first half against title rivals Selkirk Victoria.

Doubles from Kieran Crawford and Ashley Langford put Melrose in control at half-time and while Ryan Pritchard and Ryan Clapperton replied for the Vics, Melrose prevailed for a crucial win.

Earlston Rhymers remain close behind in third after a hard fought 3-1 win in their local derby with Lauder.

Faustas Juodeikis and Josh Lamb both claimed hat-tricks as Gala Fairydean Rovers got back to winning ways in style with a 7-2 win over CFC Bowholm.

And Tweeddale Rovers Colts went one better with three separate hat-tricks in their 11-0 thrashing of Kelso Amateurs.

Division B saw promotion contenders Tweedmouth Amateurs and Duns both suffer shock defeats.

Steven Weeks and Steven Waugh helped Coldstream move out of the relegation zone by beating Tweedmouth 3-2, and James Kerr’s injury time goal gave Stow a win over Duns by the same scoreline.

Scott Nightingale bagged a treble as Gala Hotspur won 5-3 at Biggar United, and Jordan Nuttall also notched a hat-trick as Ancrum moved into second with a 6-0 victory over Leithen Rovers.

Newtown remain in touch with the top of Division A with a comfortable 7-1 win over Hawick United, with Chris Nicholson scoring two.

And late goals from Barry Rayson and Finley Dell gave Langholm Legion victory and denied struggling Jed Legion what would have been only their second win of the season.

Hawick Waverley moved into the South Cup second round after doubles from Scott Duncan and Taylor Hope set up an 8-1 victory over Kelso Thistle, while Blair Meikle scored three as Tweeddale Rovers knocked out Berwick Colts from the Waddell Cup.